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2 April 2017

Living Through It

I'm only eight minutes out of town
by car, but the road is dangerous now.
I'd have to come down off my hill,
into the outskirts of the flood.
I watch online and on TV.
It's become another landscape,
or rather, water-scape. I still have food,
power, water, vehicle, possessions,
home. Many have not.


Written for FLASH 55 PLUS! "Worlds Apart" vs "Extremely Close" at 'imaginary garden with real toads' – Day 2 of April Poetry Month.

To save you all worrying, let me emphasise that I am high and dry, well-stocked with everything necessary, and that it will be easy enough for me to get to town in a day or two if I need to. I'm one of the lucky ones. Also I have neighbours up on  this hill.

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  1. Such good luck....so pleased to hear that...you still have to be careful. It will take a while for the waters to subside. Ring SES when you only have two days left of food and water....don't leave it until you run out. Start boiling water now and set it aside (just in case) Also keep buckets of water spare as well. Put on some nice music, have a little tipple, incense and scented candle, read some lovely poetry and cuddle puss. I know from experience how stressful these situations can be when you are on your own in a flood. This one is a really bad one. Thinking of you....you'll be fine !

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    1. Thanks for the concern. I stored water when I knew it was coming, which I haven't had to use yet, and I am boiling water now. I have food for 2 weeks if need be, including stuff that doesn't need to be cooked; also light sources that don't need electricity. I could possibly still lose power and water, but some places that did lose power have it restored now. And I should be able to get into town in a day or two if I need to.

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  2. I have read of the devastation of the cyclone.. natural disaster does create the sense of enforced isolation. I do hope you are safe, Rosemary.

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    1. Yes I am. I'd better add a footnote to that effect.

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  3. Our land here is often beset by such things--but it never becomes easy. Stay safe and dry.

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  4. Such devastation, and a blessing for you to be on high ground...

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  5. Yes I've seen TV coverage.

    Hope those in need of relief, is quickly sorted out

    Much love...

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  6. Whoaa I am glad to hear that you are one of the lucky (and safe) ones!

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  7. Good to hear you are comfortable and all right. May this storm pass you by.

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  8. Yikes! Terrifying! You write with such wonderful matter-of-factness! Stay well! K.

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  9. Thank goodness for blessings in the middle of chaos. I've been reading about this and watching clips, and I'm so glad you are all right.

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  10. I always feel for those not on the higher ground in such times. I lived for many a year up in the heights above a 'flood town'
    We were always safe but others not so. Go well.

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  11. So glad you are on higher ground. Where I live, we are one rain drop from flooding way too often.

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